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    This Project is linked to the following Strand/s:

    Migration and Mobility

    Living Longer and the Changing Lifecourse

    Overview

    Objectives
    This aims of this project are to investigate issues of rural ageing and the implications of migration patterns for care of older people.

    It explores and projects patterns of migration and their implications for care demand and supply in order to understand how individual households plan to manage the challenges of care for older people in rural areas and to consider the implications of these findings for policies relating to care.

    Methods
    The project has taken a mixed methods approach with two strands: quantitative analysis using large datasets; and qualitative study of households in rural areas

    The datasets included the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and the Family Resources Survey (FRS) to explore the characteristics of informal carers and carees.

    It also included fieldwork in two areas of the UK; one in rural Scotland and one in rural England. The fieldwork gathered qualitative interview and focus group data from around 80 older people and informal carers.

    Findings
    The project has shown the importance of considering informal support in older age as a care network, rather than as one-to-one.

    The study has highlighted the lack of planning for older age for many people, including location, housing and care plans. It has shown the difficult decisions families face around informal care, particularly when families are increasingly further apart.

    Publications & Activities

    Discussion of costs of long-term care
    Invited presentation (2015). (Scottish Quality Care Commission)
    Authors: Bell D,

    The economics of long-term care
    Public Policy lecture (2015). (University of Edinburgh)
    Authors: Bell D,

    Linking Administrative Data on Health and Social Care in Scotland
    British and Irish Longitudinal Studies of Ageing (BILS) Annual Conference (2014). (University of Strathclyde)
    Authors: Rutherford A,

    New Understandings of Age and the Lifecourse from Scotland
    British Society of Gerontology 43rd Annual Conference (2014). (University of Southampton)
    Authors: Bell D, Rutherford A, Wright R, Murray S,

    Informal Care in Scotland
    British and Irish Longitudinal Studies of Ageing (BILS) Annual Conference (2014). (University of Strathclyde)
    Authors: Bell D,

    Longitudinal studies of ageing around the world
    New Perspectives on Population Ageing in Scotland (2013). (Edinburgh)
    Authors: Bell D,

    Older Workers and Working Time
    Journal of the Economics of Ageing (2013). 1 28-34
    Authors: Bell D, Rutherford A,

    Healthy Ageing In Scotland
    GROS Presentation (2012). (Edinburgh)
    Authors: Bell D,

    Networks of informal caring: a mixed methods approach
    NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector (2012). (Birmingham)
    Authors: Rutherford A,

    Migration, Intergenerational Relations and Old-Age Support: Evidence from Indonesia
    Migration, (Social) Reproduction and Social Protection (2012). (University of East Anglia at London)
    Authors: Schröder-Butterfill E, Kreager P,

    Networks of informal caring: a mixed methods approach
    2nd International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-term Care (2012). (London)
    Authors: Rutherford A,

    Who cares for whom? Rural Ageing, migration and networks of informal care
    CPC Seminar (2012). (University of Southampton)
    Authors: Rutherford A,

    Long-term care and the housing market
    Scottish Journal of Political Economy (2012). 59 (5) 543-563
    Authors: Bell D, Rutherford A,

    Rural Ageing, Migration and Care
    Migration and Ageing in the Highlands, CRFR (2012). (UHI Millennium Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands)
    Authors: Bell D,

    Long-term care and the housing market
    2nd International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-term Care (2012). (London)
    Authors: Bell D, Rutherford A,

    Ageing + Migration = Vunerability? A case to the Contrary
    British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) Annual Conference (2010). (University of Exeter)
    Authors: Schonheinz S, Schröder-Butterfill E,

    The Impact of Devolution: Long-term care provision in the UK
    Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2010).
    Authors: Bell D,

    Microsimulation in a cold climate
    ESRC Microsimulation Seminar (2009). (Leeds)
    Authors: Bell D,

    The Challenge of Elderly Care in Rural Communities
    Public lecture (2009). (Inverness)
    Authors: Bell D,

    Media

    More and more older workers want to increase working hours IZA website. 2013
    Article on www.newsroom.iza.org titled "More and more older workers want to increase working hours" summarizes David Bell and Alasdair Rutherford's discussion paper on this subject.

    David Bell: Defusing a care timebomb
    Internet article on The Scotsman website "David Bell: Defusing a care timebomb"